27 December 1996
146 O'Leary St
Improved ways of production make us able to offer you our change of Drilite batteries （电池）at a reduced price for large quantities.
Further information of the new prices for your market are sent to you together with the letter, and you will see that the price has already reduced 5 per cent. As c.i.f （成本，保险加运费）to Dublin is included in our prices, you will agree that they are clearly lower than those of producers of the same batteries, both here in Japan and elsewhere. The quality of our producers remains the same --- only the finest chemicals are used. The new prices are for the least orders of 1,000 pounds and will begin from January 1. Immediate sending off is guaranteed because enough can be made whenever you require it.
We appreciate your past dealing and co-operstion （合作） with us, and look forward to supplying you in the new year at the new prices.
40.The underlined word "guaranteed" in the passage. Probably means ______.
A. in our charge B. of a little problem C. difficulty D. quite sure
41.From the passage we know the quality of the products_______.
A. is as high as before B. is lower C. is improved D.is reduced
42.If the Irish expect to enjoy the 5% of reduction at prices, they should _______.
A. pay the Japanese at least ￡1,000 B. order 1,000 pounds of batteries in weight
C. order￡1,000 worth batteries at least D. pay the Japanese￡1,000 ahead
43.Why will the Japanese reduce the price at 5 per cent? Because ______.
（1）。 the Japanese producer holds a large quantity of stores and can't sell them out
（2）。the Japanese have improved their production means and can turn out more products
（3）。they expect to